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Outbreak On U.S. Aircraft Carrier 'Accelerating,' Commander Warns Pentagon

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 15:50

With more than 100 sailors reportedly infected, the commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier says the shipboard outbreak will keep spreading unless his 4,000+ crew is quarantined.

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Economy On Lockdown: Jobless Rate Could Be Highest Since WWII

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 15:47

As efforts to slow the coronavirus pandemic temporarily put millions of Americans out of work, forecasters are predicting a record slowdown in the U.S. economy.

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Walmart To Start Checking Workers' Temperatures

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 15:17

The retailer also plans to distribute masks and gloves to workers and add one-way aisles. The company continues to urge shoppers to be "prudent" in stocking up on toilet paper and other supplies.

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Coronavirus Task Force Set To Detail What Data Led To Extension Of Guidelines

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 15:10

President Trump and his top public health advisers are expected to detail what models and data informed the extension of federal guidelines for social distancing.

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New York, 'Still In Search Of The Apex,' Sees Another Spike In Coronavirus Cases

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 15:01

The state has reported more than 75,000 confirmed cases, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the peak is still to come. On Tuesday he expressed frustration that FEMA was hindering, not helping, its efforts.

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Italy Observes Moment Of Silence For COVID-19 Victims, As Case Numbers Plateau

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 14:40

As the country moves into its fourth week of lockdown, the head of Italy's national institutes of health announced that the country "has reached a plateau" in its infection rate.

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Dolly Parton Will Read Bedtime Stories To Kids Online Every Week

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 14:39

"Dolly hopes this series of stories will provide comfort and reassurance to coping kids and families during the shelter-in-place mandates," the Imagination Library said.

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New York Attorney General Seeks Investigation Over Fired Amazon Warehouse Worker

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 14:30

The worker helped organize a walkout to demand closure of the facility following several COVID-19 cases. Amazon fired him the same day, saying he violated quarantine and safety measures.

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Tell Us About Trying To Get Tested For The Coronavirus

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 14:10

Experts have said that testing is essential to controlling the coronovirus pandemic. Tell us your experiences trying to access testing for the coronavirus.

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Average Gas Prices Are Below $2. A Few Stations Are Even Selling For Under $1

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 14:03

AAA says the national average is $1.997 per gallon and it's expected to drop further in the coming weeks. In a few places it's less than half that, but most Americans aren't driving much these days.

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Justice Department IG Finds Widespread Problems With FBI's FISA Applications

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 13:37

Investigators haven't been submitting sufficient evidence along with their applications to conduct surveillance in counterterrorism and counterintelligence investigations, a report shows.

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LA County Sheriff Will No Longer Order Closure Of Firearms Shops

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 13:00

Sheriff Alex Villanueva said gun shops in Los Angeles County were nonessential during the coronavirus outbreak. Then the federal government updated its list of essential industries.

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As the Pandemic Spreads, Battles Over Abortion Play Out In Court

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:51

Judges have blocked orders in three states suspending abortions during the pandemic.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Businesses Mobilize To Help Fight Coronavirus Pandemic

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:30

During World War II, the Brooklyn Navy Yard repaired warships. Today businesses on the same site are retooling to make medical supplies.

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New York City Hospitals Struggle To Get Virus Testing Online Amid Patient Surge

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:28

On-site testing was delayed for weeks at a hospital in Brooklyn that has been designated COVID-only. Rapid on-site testing can help hospitals prevent the virus from spreading inside their facilities.

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In Lebanon, Some Turn To Beloved Local Saint For Solace And Protection From COVID-19

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:25

St. Charbel is revered for his healing miracles. "He gives us faith and strength, especially in this time of sickness," says a pilgrim visiting his tomb. "He is the only cure, in my opinion."

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Trump Administration Weakens Auto Emissions, Rolling Back Key Climate Policy

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:22

The Trump administration is replacing Obama-era fuel economy standards with weaker ones that will allow for more air pollution. Groups are already lining up to challenge the new rule.

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CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo Says He Tested Positive For The Coronavirus

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 12:16

The brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has experienced COVID-19 symptoms, including "fever, chills and shortness of breath."

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Refugee Camps Face COVID-19: 'If We Do Nothing, The Harm Is Going To Be So Extreme'

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 11:34

NPR spoke to humanitarian aid researcher Paul Spiegel about his analysis of conditions in the Rohingya camps in Bangladesh — and the outlook for refugees everywhere as the coronavirus looms.

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'Das Coronavirus' Podcast Captivates Germany With Scientific Info On The Pandemic

Tue, 03/31/2020 - 11:26

Produced by the public broadcaster NDR, the program features scientist Christian Drosten giving clear information about COVID-19, but so far it's in German only.

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